The Lamp collection came about quite organically after lockdown in Belgium. I was working on a series of pieces using VHS tapes when I met Hugues Loinard.
Hugues is a visual artist who worked at that time on a series of plaster and jesmonite moldings. After a little while we started talking about collaborating on pieces merging both our crafts.
First we were going to do one lamp, which turned into a limited series of lamps and from there the rule became to use 1 movie for 1 lamp. If the movie is short, so is the lamp and vice versa, that means that I wouldn’t be able to create the same shape twice.
What is so interesting in using VHS tapes is that they hold memories, of watching a movie with your family, having to rewind a tape, fighting over which movie to rent from the video store, taping an important event etc Unfortunately overtime we stopped using VHS tapes and they would either collect dust in the house or get thrown out. This is a way to give them a new use.
The reason why we used jesmonite for the base of the lamps is for its ability to harden quite rapidely. So once I finished with the crochet sleeve, Hugues would cast the base by pooring the jesmonite, when he would get to the top, the material was hard enough not to get through the crochet. This would create a random pattern making each lamp even more different and unique.